More than 1,000 Snowbirds sign up in Walton

Snowbird Michael Whitton
Deborah Wheeler/The Sun
Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

There was a flurry of activity in the packed parking lots of Faith Assembly in Miramar Beach Monday morning as folks came and went, braving the below freezing temperatures.

The tags on the cars mostly were not from around here, though. Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, and Pennsylvania were just some of the places represented.

Instead of attending a church service, all these out-of-towners were there to sign up for the season's Walton County Snowbird activities.

Yes, they have all come South to escape the wind and cold up north only to be met with temperatures in the 20s.

"It's colder here than at my home in Pennsylvania," one woman bemoaned as she approached the door.

Nevertheless, most of them have been coming here for the winter for several years and they know these temperatures don't last. They were eager to sign up for activities such as golf, tennis, cards, biking, fishing, arts and crafts, exercise, book discussion, bowling, dancing, Pilates, singing, and luncheons. There is also a special group for singles to get together.

Inside, Michael Whitton manned one of the many sign-up tables. Whitton is from Ontario and has been coming here for 11 years. He was lured here by his brother –in-law. He visited, enjoyed, and began making the annual trip.

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